Hyderabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday inaugurated the first phase of Hyderabad Metro and also took a ride from Miyapur to Kukatpally.
The Prime Minister took the first ride accompanied by Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekar Rao, Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan and other senior officials.
Arrangements inside the Miyapur Metro Station. - Twitter
The 30 km-long stretch from Nagole to Miyapur has 24 stations covering several busy clusters and city landmarks — including the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Osmania University, Secunderabad Railway Station and major commercial hubs like Begumpet and Ameerpet.
A station on the newly-opened line of Hyderabad Metro. - Twitter
The new line added another feather to the cap of Hyderabad city: This is the biggest infrastructure project in public private partnership (PPP) mode built at a cost of more than Rs140 billion (Dh7.97 billion).
The Prime Minister also unveiled the magnificent Metro Plaza adjacent to the Miyapur Metro station to mark the inauguration of the mass transport project.
Bikes for rent outside a station of the Hyderabad Metro, which opens to the public on Wednesday. - Twitter
The plaza, with 10 acres of green space around it, is a landmark by itself — a tourist spot and a selfie point for visitors, embodies the heritage of Hyderabad as well as wears a contemporary look.
Indian PM Narendra Modi unveils the magnificent Metro Plaza adjacent to the Miyapur Metro station to mark the inauguration of the Rs140 billion mass transport project. - Twitter
It has three beautiful arches coming out of the water pond symbolising the three corridors. Each arch is designed as a rail track, signifying the future expansion of the project.
A view of the Nagole Metro station in Hyderabad. - Twitter
The Indian media reported that the Rs140-billion Hyderabad Meto is the world's largest such project in Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode.
Here's the latest reports from leading Indian news organisations on the event. The city's metro will start commercial operations ta 6am on Wednesday, November 29.
Price of tickets
The tickets are priced between Rs10 and Rs60 (Dh3.44), according to the Indian Express.
The concessionaire, L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Ltd, has fixed a minimum fare of Rs10 for a distance of up to two kilometres and the maximum fare is Rs60 for a distance of more than 26 km.
The state government has also rolled out the facility of smart card that can be used for multiple modes of transport in future.
A metro train during its trial run from Nagole to Metuguda in Secundrabad. - PTI
“We will be issuing smart cards worth Rs200 (Dh11.40) each for commuters. They can top up the card. For a single journey, we will issue tokens that would allow them to board the train,” a senior L&T Metro Rail official told PTI.